Survey: 51.4% of patients have received email, texts from a physician

Although many patients report not knowing what telemedicine is, the majority are receptive to its application, according to an Aloft Group report.

Here's what you need to know:

1. A total of 47.7 percent of healthcare consumers said they were not familiar with the term "telemedicine."

2. However, 51.4 percent reported having received an email or text message from a physician or clinician.

3. Of the respondents who had received an email or text message from a healthcare provider, 72.8 percent reported that the interaction was "positive/convenient."

4. A total of 78.5 percent of respondents said they would be at least somewhat comfortable interacting with a physician via online video or online chat.

5. A total of 27.3 percent of respondents use a wearable activity tracker, 76.4 percent of whom report using the device data to initiate lifestyle changes; these changes typically include adjusting eating or sleeping habits.

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